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Jennifer Misaros

Jennifer Misaros

Managing Editor, Digital Platforms
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Jennifer Misaros
I was not your typical female child. While most girls my age wanted to play with dolls or bake cookies in a fake oven, I was zooming Matchbox and pull-back cars up and down the hallways of my house. In spite of this, my interest in cars happened much later and developed not out of a desire to understand their inner workings or be a part of the culture but largely as a result of my unabashed desire to go fast. My love of speed started slowly, but when my parents gave me a green machine -- the low-slung three-wheeler introduced in the Seventies that was made for speed and enormous power slides -- for my seventh birthday, the floodgates opened. From that point, whether I was on two wheels or three, or even on foot, chances were that I was traveling as fast as my legs could propel me.

On my sixteenth birthday I got a hand-me-down Volkswagen Jetta. I took to the five-speed manual instantly, and not only did I discover a new way to satisfy my need for speed, but the fondness for cars that I had as a child returned in a big way.

Still, it was pure serendipity when I was hired at Automobile Magazine. Only a few years out of college (and only one during which I actually using my degree in environmental science), I was laid off and needed a to find job. At the same time, Jean Jennings -- at the time deputy editor and still going by Lindamood -- needed an assistant. I answered a blind newspaper and, after an amusing interview that only Jean could pull off, I was an employee at Automobile, sitting at a desk adjacent to Jean’s office at 120 East Liberty Street in Ann Arbor.

As Jean’s assistant, I wasn’t involved in the day-to-day production of the magazine, but after observing the creative dance of the editors, designers, and copy team putting together issues each month -- and admiring the revolving fleet of press vehicles on the car board -- I knew it was something I wanted to become a part of. Fast forward more than fifteen years, and you’ll find me working behind the scenes to produce the print magazine and, now, the digital issues that you enjoy each month. Some might call it work, but I call it the opportunity to be a part of something special while having the opportunity to satisfy my inner speed freak every day.

articles by Jennifer Misaros

2013 porsche cayenne diesel
Editors Notebook

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

Shockingly good fuel economy for a 4800-pound luxury vehicle.
Aug 05, 2013
2014 jeep grand cherokee 4x4
Editors Notebook

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4

The previous Grand Cherokee was extremely likeable, good-looking, and capable. This updated 2014 model is even better.
Jul 29, 2013
2013 mini john cooper works gp
Editors Notebook

2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP

The most hardcore version of the Mini Cooper is so, so fun.
Jul 26, 2013
2013 porsche 911 carrera s
Editors Notebook

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Performance that is beyond reproach.
Jul 19, 2013
2013 mini cooper s paceman all4
Editors Notebook

2013 Mini Cooper S Paceman All4

The Paceman is another oddball car from Mini that blurs the lines between segments.
Jul 17, 2013
2013 scion xb
Editors Notebook

2013 Scion xB

Funky box-on-wheels styling conceals a mediocre driving experience.
Jun 17, 2013
2013 nissan sentra sr
Editors Notebook

2013 Nissan Sentra SR

Someone looking for an affordable compact sedan could do a lot worse than the Sentra.
Jun 14, 2013
2014 mazda cx 5
Editors Notebook

2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

This is the engine the CX-5 needed, and it's the one you'll want.
Jun 07, 2013
2013 buick regal gs
Editors Notebook

2013 Buick Regal GS

Anyone willing to forgo the image of driving an Audi or BMW will be happy with a Regal GS.
Jun 05, 2013
2013 ford c max energi
Editors Notebook

2013 Ford C-Max Energi SEL

This plug-in version of the C-Max costs far more than the conventional hybrid, and we don't think it's worth it.
May 22, 2013
2012 Volkswagen GTI 3 door manual front right side view 1
Editors Notebook

2012 Volkswagen GTI 2-door

It's easy to see why the Volkswagen GTI was our first two-time AOY winner. Everything about this car is almost perfect.
May 08, 2013
Editors Notebook

2013 Cadillac CTS Premium Sport Wagon

Every CTS is solid and luxurious, and this wagon is no exception.
Apr 30, 2013
Editors Notebook

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8

The Chrysler 300 is great, and the SRT version is even better.
Apr 09, 2013
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